Update! My Secret Obsession

Well hello there! Yes I’m still alive and feel terribly bad for not keeping this blog up to date! Like most new bloggers, I fell into the “I’m too busy” trap- *sigh. However, I’ve taken on a few personal and professional projects recently and things have settle down now and can finally post something for you 🙂

If you have read the title, I have a secret obsession to confess- I’m OBSESS with Instagram! If you do not know what Instagram is, it’s a social network app where you edit and share your photos/videos.  And if you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that it has become extremely popular over the past couple of years!

This blog post is probably long overdue, but I decided a post on this because I wanted to share with you why I’m obsess with it and why other artists should be too! I was fortunate enough to join Instagram when it was still relatively new, but was starting to get popular so I was able to find some talented IGers (people that use Instagram called “Instagrammers”) to follow. The thing is, once you find a talented IGer that you admire, your list of people that you follow may expand and a “snowball” effect may occur.  For instance, if you check out the newsfeed page, you’ll see photos/videos that are liked by the people you follow or they might tell their followers to check another IGer’s page. You can also search hashtags to find some talent as well by looking up #art or #drawing for example.

If you are still not convinced in joining, there’s an incredible art community on Instagram and is another creative outlet for you to publish your work or even your work-in-progress. One of the cool features on Instagram is that several artists have been showcasing their art skills by posting a short 15 sec video of themselves working on their artwork or they even share a cool art technique to their followers. It can therefore be a great learning tool for an artist to see how other artists interpret a subject and is probably why I’m on it 🙂

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These are a couple WIPs of mine that are posted on my IG page.

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These a few of my fave pics that I’ve taken and posted so far.

There are also a number of different art communities for you to join too and possibly get your artwork featured! I happen to follow @arte_muse which is an IGer that helps promote, motivate, encourage and inspire artists. Back in the Fall, arte_muse had asked followers to email them their artwork for a chance to be featured on their page. I decided, “Sure, why not?” So I submitted a photo of one of my paintings to them and figured I probably wouldn’t get featured (mainly due to the fact that the art they were featuring lately was not exactly similar to mine). During the month of January, I was scrolling through my homepage and happen to see my painting posted by arte_muse! The funny thing was when I was scrolling through and saw the painting, it didn’t register to me at first that it was my work and I was like “Wow that’s a nice painting…oh wait, hey that’s my painting! How did that…oh right I submitted that to them!” I’ll admit it was a real highlight for me after seeing the likes and comment as it motivated me to keep doing what I was doing and was a great honour to be featured. So thank you @arte_muse!

"Pink Hollyhock" featured on arte_muse instagram page!

“Hollyhock” featured on arte_muse instagram page!

So overall, what I’m trying to say here is that if you are stuck in a rut and want to find a source of inspiration, check out Instagram! The reason I find it useful and would be a useful tool for other artists is that not only are you showcasing your work, you also connect with others at another level by showing them shots/videos of your progress. I’m literally on Instagram everyday (it’s one of the first things that I check on my phone in the morning and last thing I check before I go to bed lol!) and everytime I’m on, I am astounded by the number of talented people out there. It just opens your eyes to new opportunities and pushes you to create something yourself. Below, I’ve listed a few IGers that I think are worth following. Before I check out, let me know in the comments below if you are on Instagram (or not?) and if you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂 Follow me @soniasetostudios or @sseto (private account).

Suggested IGers to Follow:

@becwinnel -probably one of the most talented artists out there. Incredible artwork from a self-taught artist! Sometimes she shares her tips/tricks 🙂

@artworkbygabrielle -wonderful portraits

@tonoariki -incredibly talented and creative IGer. He mainly takes photos of buildings in city of Toronto, and despite the city chaos, he makes the city look beautiful. Definitely worth checking out his feed!

@tokomo -talented doodler that doodles on Starbucks cups! Worth checking out.

@kinok0girl -another talented Japanese-style doodler. A fun feed to check out.

@ba_pan -artist that illustrates their surroundings at a cafe

@toolkit04 -a popular IGer that draws amazing portraits

@elfandiary -another popular IGer that creates amazing illustrations

@alicexz -Alice does incredible portraits of characters from shows, movies, books, etc.

@j_isabel -photographs have a mystical and magical feel to it. Worth checking out.

@88liz88 – oh how I wish she’d come back! She hasn’t been back on IG for awhile but was one of my fave IGers! Took mainly macro shots of nature. Check out her work!

@leesamantha -she creates food art! Still confused? Check it out yourself! A fun feed to look at.

@evabutterfly5 -stunning, but fun macro shots of nature, especially snails!

@melisacaprio -I must mention Melisa because she was probably one of the first IGers that I had followed and by following her I had discovered other talented IGers along the way. However, she hasn’t been on IG lately, but worth checking out!

 

 

 

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